These include major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The reasons for this increased risk could probably make up a whole other post, but the National Alliance on Mental Illness lists the following as a few:
* Homelessness and exposure to violence are linked to an increased risk of a mental illness.
* Some people may misunderstand or stigmatize mental health problems, or believe that mental illness is a personal weakness — like thinking of depression as just "the blues."
* A tendency to rely on other sources of support for healing, like family, community, or religion, as opposed to a health care professional.
* Reluctance or an inability to seek mental health services, whether it's because of covert or outright racism, prejudice, discrimination, or unconscious bias. It can be hard to trust health care providers to provide compassionate care — and that's if you or your insurance can pay for it in the first place.